Dr James McLean is an orthopaedic surgeon specialising
in shoulder and upper limb surgery, with a particular interest
in joint replacement and minimally-invasive arthroscopic
(key-hole) surgery of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
He manages patient conditions associated with arthritis,
trauma and sports injuries; and has a special interest in
shoulder arthritis and rotator cuff disease.
In addition to consulting from four of Orthopaedics SA’s
metropolitan locations, Dr McLean complements his private
practice with clinical and academic appointments at the
Royal Adelaide Hospital & the University of Adelaide. Dr
McLean is the Head of Unit, of the Hand & Upper Limb
Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, which provides
sub-specialised surgical expertise to South Australians &
interstate patients from the NT; & country NSW & Victoria.
He is also an active Australian Defence Force Reservist.
Through these commitments, Dr McLean maintains a high
standard of personal and professional fulfilment, as well as
being a devoted husband and father of three young children.
Dr McLean is an active member of the Shoulder & Elbow
Society of Australia and The Australian Hand Surgery
Society. Dr McLean trained locally and internationally,
including two clinical fellowships at the University of
Cambridge (United Kingdom) and University of British
Columbia (Canada). An important part of his practice is
committed to the development of new methods of diagnosis
and treatment, as well as research into improving patient
outcomes following surgery. His ongoing contributions to
orthopaedic literature have seen him co-author several
book chapters on upper limb conditions, publish numerous
research papers in peer-reviewed journals, and accept
several accolades, including ‘best paper’ awards, research
grants and research scholarships.
Dr McLean completed a PhD in 2019 which helped establish
an interactive electronic database aimed at improving outcomes for patients undergoing surgery.